Greetings from cyberia media
cyberia media is a full service multi-disciplinary production & design studio in Santa Monica, Ca.
Principal/Writer Jacqueline Austin, co-founder, began her career as a feature articles writer for newspapers and magazines. She has written hundreds of projects for cyberia media and its clients. Her additional prizewinning work includes films, books, print, video and writing for live events. Films she has written include FISH (feature, in production, Tahnee Award) and CHASING LOVE (feature, Turquoise Pictures, top 10 Asia); “It’s Okay” (short, cyberia); “22 Date Palm Way” (short, cyberia) and numerous short films for the Getty Museum’s interactive visitors’ site and kiosks. She is writer/creative for TREASURE ISLAND BY CYBERIA (Apple New & Noteworthy; Communication Arts Best Interactive) and cyberia’s other mobile media; creative designer/writer for a pioneering computer game franchise (“The Colonel’s Bequest, Sierra); and author of numerous books and articles (Simon & Schuster; New York Times; LA Times; and Cosmopolitan, among others). As a feature articles writer and cultural commentator for THE VILLAGE VOICE, she received a Pulitzer nomination for her exploration of feminism in marriage; she wrote on literature, media and women’s issues.
Her education includes degrees in writing and art from Yale, Hunter and Columbia; certification in screenwriting, TV writing and design; and ongoing coursework in interface design, media design, comedy writing and gamification. In 1998, becoming fascinated with the possibilities of digital media, Jacqueline co-founded cyberia media.
Principal/Director Richard Levine, co-founder, began his career as an award-winning independent filmmaker whose work has been shown at the Berlin Film Festival, MOMA NY, the Musée Contemporaire & Beaubourg in Paris, among other venues. His film “War Stories” was featured at the Whitney Museum’s Retrospective of 20th Century American Art.
As a music video director for Warner Brothers, Sony & Universal Music, Richard created landmark videos for the Smiths' "How Soon is Now," Lionel Richie, Suzanne Vega & many others. Richard then entered the world of advertising, directing the world-famous Nike Beatles’ “Revolution Kids” commercial, along with spots for Miller Beer, NFL and Coke. He was Production Designer on Robert Altman’s Emmy–nominated television film, "Black & Blue." In 1998, becoming fascinated with the possibilities of digital media, Richard co-founded cyberia media.
Art Director/Creative Director/Designer/Illustrator William Luke Miller graduated from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California at the top of his class with Distinction and Honors. Will has been with cyberia media since 2002 and has won over 40 design awards. His work has been featured in multiple publications and in toy/hobby stores around the world. He has won creative competitions by Dark Horse Comics and Upper Deck, and was even national champion for Upper Decks fantasy sports competition.
When Will is not working or drawing, he can be found among his ever growing collection of dust (on his precious collectibles), watching Star Wars with the family, or checking sports scores (Go Broncos).
Video Director/Photographer Tamar Levine brings to cyberia media a unique photographic vision, broad expertise with the digital tool box & a very current, articulate sense of design. Tamar graduated with honors in Photography from Art Center College of Design (2005). Her clients include Interscope Records, Atlantic Records, Metro.pop Magazine, and Modern Luxury. Recent awards include PDN Photo Annual (2011); ADC Young Guns 9 (2011); Santa Fe Portrait Exhibition and Awards (2012); and Finalist, New Exposure by Vogue, REDx, and Bottega Veneta (2012).
Editor Darren Ayres caught the filmmaking bug at age eleven. While attending film school at Rochester Institute of Technology, he was nominated for a student American Cinema Editors award. Upon settling in Los Angeles, he found work with Sony Pictures High Definition Center and Technicolor Creative Services. Here, he built up a solid technical pedigree to match his strong passion for editing and storytelling, making him invaluable in the ever-changing realm of post-production.
He has edited two independent feature films for 20th Century Fox Home Video and Anchor Bay Entertainment, worked on numerous music videos and commercials, and just finished producing and editing a feature documentary entitled, “Palisades Parade” with director, Sarah Kelly. In addition to his work at cyberia media, Darren currently is directing and editing his first feature documentary.
Producer Anh Phan is the latest member to join the cyberia media team. Anh graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Film & TV Production. With cyberia, she’s produced a variety of content for clients such as The RSA Conference, The Lincoln Motor Company, Toyota, Equinix, Nike, and Urban Decay Cosmetics.
In her spare time, Anh can be found strolling through local parks and museums, planning her next oversea excursion, and paying her fair share of taxes.